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headstrong

[hed-strawng, -strong] /ˈhɛdˌstrɔŋ, -ˌstrɒŋ/
adjective
1.
determined to have one's own way; willful; stubborn; obstinate:
a headstrong young man.
2.
proceeding from or exhibiting willfulness:
a headstrong course.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English heedstronge. See head, strong
Related forms
headstrongly, adverb
headstrongness, noun
Can be confused
headlong, headstrong.
Synonyms
1. See willful.
Antonyms
1. tractable, docile.
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Examples for headstrong
  • Despite being stubborn and headstrong with her parents, she is kind and courteous to the rest of the world, which is what matters.
  • He is an impetuous, headstrong workaholic, who is reluctant to delegate.
  • It's a vigorous, self-confident style of cooking, with an emphasis on headstrong flavors.
  • And they attract obsessive, difficult, headstrong people fixated on changing the world.
  • The headstrong president seems unlikely to give any ground.
  • Her character's confident, headstrong manner is nothing but overbearing.
  • The government hopes to rein in some of her more headstrong tendencies, but agrees broadly that pragmatism is the way ahead.
  • But though fortune may favour the brave, it can trip up the headstrong.
  • headstrong, he declined to follow in his father's footsteps.
  • And walking dogs, especially large or headstrong ones, can be challenging in any conditions.
British Dictionary definitions for headstrong

headstrong

/ˈhɛdˌstrɒŋ/
adjective
1.
self-willed; obstinate
2.
(of an action) heedless; rash
Derived Forms
headstrongly, adverb
headstrongness, noun
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Word Origin and History for headstrong
adj.

"determined to have one's way," late 14c., from head (n.) + strong. Cf. Old English heafodbald "impudent," literally "head-bold."

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